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Cold War US Foreign PolicyKey Perspectives$
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Steven Hurst

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620791

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620791.001.0001

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(p.29) Two Revisionism
Cold War US Foreign Policy

Steven Hurst

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the revisionist interpretation of US Cold War foreign policy. It explains that the emergence of revisionism prompted the most vituperative debate in the history of the Cold War and that it was William Appleman Williams who may be regarded as the founder of the revisionist perspective. It discusses Williams in detail and also looks at Gabriel Kolko's views of the Cold War and highlights the strengths and limitations of their interpretations.

Keywords:   revisionism, foreign policy, Cold War, US, William Appleman Williams, Gabriel Kolko

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